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Finally, a simple artful solution to the age old problem of things moving when they should not! Grips on both sides of the mat.
Finally, a simple artful solution to the age old problem of things moving when they should not! Grips on both sides of the mat.
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Fulfillment Update - for those still waiting

Posted by Break From Reality Games (Creator)
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Greetings Backers:

It has been a while since the last update - and I felt it time to give an update as to how things are proceeding. I have shipped over 200 hundred orders since December. I still have about 500 orders to go. I remain out of funds for shipping, and most of the backers that received their orders had paid to do so. As mentioned previously, I am still selling extra mats online; any money made is used to ship other orders. I shipped around 40 orders thanks to other backer's generosity. Thank you. I am spending about $300-$400 out of pocket a month to ship orders on top of the storage fees that is all I can swing right now. This means I am shipping between 35-45 orders per month.

GripMat Update

As most of you know, and has been mentioned many times: the GripMats I have now are not perfect. They have streaks, and though grippy, not as grippy as I would like. I have been continuing to seek a solution to these issues. I have been working with several companies attempting to develop a solution to rectify these issues. At this time, I can say that a possible solution does exist, and that sample material has been provided. Testing is underway. IF this works - then I will figure out how to get the remaining mats re-coated. I am not holding any orders pending this possibility. Right now I have not seen anything that gives me certainty, only hope that this may work.  

I still want to get GripMats into distribution. I can not do this with the product I have right now.  IF this works, it will resolve the grip and the streak issue as well. I will provide an update on this as it proceeds... and we will look at options for the remaining mats I have in hand.

As for when this may happen - the testing is in process now, I suspect the development will be a couple of weeks still before I get a firm response from this manufacturer. I will do an update once I know what is happening with this.

Shipping

If you choose to pay for shipping - I will ship your order out within a week of receiving payment.  If you choose to wait - hopefully this effort will reduce the waiting list. I am also offering consolidated shipment to International backers.   

Canada, Australia, Norway, Singapore & EU  

You will be given the option to pay for shipping to get your mats shipped out ASAP. The more backers that agree to go along with shipping - the less expensive it will be for all. I will email an estimate to each backer, and ask if you are interested to join in on the group shipping. I also will be looking for individuals to receive the mats, and forward them onward in the smaller markets of Norway and Singapore.  

Canada I will drive to Canada Post myself.
Australia and EU I have a distribution partner to assist.
Norway and Singapore I will need a volunteer to step forward: email me at orders@gripmat.com  4 backers in Singapore, 7 in Norway

I wanted to mention again that I am thankful for your support. I have met many of you or received notes of support and gratitude, and even amazing stories of GripMats making gaming better. I appreciate the opportunity to bring this unique product to you and your friends and families. 

Contact

As mentioned in every update, please contact me through orders@gripmat.com.  I do not read or respond to comments, I do not see messages through KS but on a rare occasion.  I DO respond to emails at orders@gripmat.com daily. 

Questions? Address change? Pay for shipping? Order a Mat? email: orders@gripmat.com 

I will be in touch, 
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games

Shipping Status Update

Posted by Break From Reality Games (Creator)
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Happy Holidays Backers!

Shipping 

LOCAL

I have met with 20 out of 22 local backers that contacted me.  I am waiting to find out when we can meet up to deliver these last 2 orders.  If you are local, or will be in Seattle before Dec. 10th, let me know!  I am glad to meet up with you. 

email me: orders@gripmat.com

EVERYONE WAITING

I was asked how the mats will be shipped out for those not paying their own shipping. I will be shipping orders from least expensive to most to minimize the number of backers waiting as quickly as possible.  I have been shipping backers orders out as people have donated money to the purpose of covering others shipping.  As to order of shipping US will ship first, followed by international orders.

INTERNATIONAL

If you are outside the US, and want to pay shipping - let me know.  I will accumulate a list of backers for various cities / countries and see if we can combine a few orders to reduce freight for everyone.  I have done this a few times.  Right now I have backers in Australia (several states), Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, and Poland looking to merge shipments.  FYI: I have been shipping via DHL, which arrives in 2-4 days... which is fantastic!  No loss, no damage yet.

PAYING FOR SHIPPING?

If you are intending on paying for your shipping, and want your order to ship in time for Christmas - please contact me at: orders@gripmat.com by December 10th.  I will be out of town during the last 2 weeks of the year. I will  get all orders out that are paid for by this date.

Want to Buy an additional Mat?

 Great!  We have quite a few in stock that are excess mats.  The link here to update 146 has the list.  We are out of extra 4x4 Orange Nebula mats, and 3x3 Dungeon Floor with grid.  We do Have 36x48 Dungeon Floor with grid that are selling for $60 each.

UPDATE 146

One note - I am running an ad on Facebook for the next week, and a sale on our website. I am trying to sell mats. I know this may make you mad if you are waiting on mats... but please realize - I am trying to make money so that I can ship your order... this is not funding my personal life.  I appreciate your support in passing on this link if you have someone who might be looking for a play mat.  http://bfrgames.storenvy.com/

Happy Holidays!

I hope all of you are getting a chance to play some games with friends and family. Though this process has been long, and grueling at times, I am thankful for your support. I have met many of you or received notes of support and gratitude, and even amazing stories of GripMats making gaming better. I appreciate the opportunity to bring this unique product to you and your friends and families. 

Questions? Address change? Pay for shipping?  Order a Mat?  

email: orders@gripmat.com

I will be in touch,
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games   

Shipping Update

Posted by Break From Reality Games (Creator)
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Backers -

The last four weeks I have shipped out almost 150 orders. Thank you all to the folks who volunteered to pay for shipping.  

I see several of you have contacted in the last week to also pay for shipping, and I will be in touch soon to make arrangements.

I am focused today and tomorrow in getting all of the local pick up orders ready. Sorry for the wait guys - but I have time to address this now.  I will be in touch with pick up locations and times this week... with the goal of everyone doing a local pick up getting their orders by next weekend.

If you are interested in paying for shipping to get your order, keep a few things in mind:

1. The mats are streaked, not all of them, but most.  Expect this, and know that there is nothing that can be done.  Most backers find this to be pretty minor.

2. It takes time to prepare these and ship. Once you pay, the next step is receiving tracking, and typically I am shipping orders within a week of you receiving tracking.

3. If you ordered an Eclipse Galaxy mat - I will ask you if you want the overlay or not.. unfortunately the overlay is smaller than it was supposed to be, and really only acts as a reminder and center point.  I have been providing no overlay mats instead, but going forward I will give backers the option to decide.

4. If you are a Canadian backer, I need to gather up at least 20 to reduce your shipping to a reasonable amount. So it might be a delay before I can do another cross-border run.  Shipping averaged about around $25 versus $40 shipping from US... so almost half price.

5. Australian backers - several of you merged your orders to reduce freight - excellent job! Going forward I may do some match making as it is SO EXPENSIVE to ship to you. I suggest moving Australia closer to the US. ;)

6. European backers who are concerned about tariffs / VAT.  I am doing everything I can to minimize or eliminate this. 

7. I do still have extra mats for sale.  See list here on update 147.

8. To pay for shipping:  email  orders@gripmat.com

I will be in touch via email to folks who have recently contacted me to get you your orders.

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
Break From Realty Games

Shipping Update

Posted by Break From Reality Games (Creator)
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Backers -

I wanted to say thank you for the out-pour of support! We have had over 150 backers come forward to pay for their shipping / pick up their orders, and several folks offered to pay for their shipping who had already received their mats.  It has been inspiring. :)

I have shipped 113 orders so far.  It takes me about 3 days to ship 30 packages, so its not the fastest process, but I am wading through them. I am so happy to be making progress, and glad to hear that many of you are somewhere between satisfied, and happy. I am working on the next batch today, as well as responding to those remaining folks who have asked to pay and have not received replies yet.

A few items of note:

CANADA

If you are thinking of offering to pay for shipping - do so by Wednesday 10/26. I am going to spend that day replying to Canadian backers with their shipping charges. I am headed to Vancouver this coming weekend to ship these orders.

orders@gripmat.com

LOCAL BACKERS / PICK UP

Many of you have asked to pick up locally.  I will be working on getting your orders sorted and prepared the end of this week - and start setting up pick ups this coming weekend / next week. Thank you for your patience!

NOT PAYING SHIPPING?

That is fine. I realize that you may not want to, and frankly I have been surprised by the number of people willing to do so. I will have a bit of extra money from this that I will use to ship as many packages as I can. It is going to take time to get this done - but I am motivated to so... I am paying monthly rent for space to process the mats, and the sooner I get done, the sooner I get to not be paying this. Its $450 per month I would rather not be paying. 

I'll be in touch soon.

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games

Pick Up / Pay for Shipping / Additional Mat Options

Posted by Break From Reality Games (Creator)
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Backers -

Over 50 of the remaining backers has offered to pay shipping to speed along the shipping process. I am humbled by your kindness, and am very grateful for the offer.  I am emailing everyone who has left a comment or emailed an offer to pick up or pay shipping for their GripMats. I hope to get through the list by end of today, or tomorrow. I had no intention of asking for this, as I do feel it is on my plate to take care of this... so I was surprised by the offers.

For pick up, I will coordinate with you, and ideally set up a time and place where we I can take care of several of you at once. Probably next weekend... but I am flexible, I really want you to have your GripMats.

I also had folks who asked about getting more GripMats. That is what the rest of this message is about.

I have extra GripMats that we produced, that due to the defects I have not felt comfortable in selling through distribution. Keep in mind that nearly every design was affected by this, and that some mats are also not as grippy as we would like. Even after coating them twice. Due to this - I am selling the remaining mats at a reduced price. All proceeds from additional GripMat sales will be going to shipping more orders... I am not funding a trip to Disneyland here. 

Here are the extra designs I have, that I intended to sell into distribution after orders were all fulfilled. I generally only have 10 - 20 of each of these. (with a few exceptions I have a 200+ of 36x36 Sec. III, 36x36 Grass, 36x72 Sec V, and Dominion mats)

36" x 36" Sector III   $40.00 (all of them are streaked)
36" x 36" Sector III $40.00 (all of them are streaked)

 

36" x 36" Theta/Xia Quadrant $40.00 (all streaked)
36" x 36" Theta/Xia Quadrant $40.00 (all streaked)

  

36 x 36 Grass  $40.00 (streaks are mostly not noticeable)
36 x 36 Grass $40.00 (streaks are mostly not noticeable)

 

24 x 24 Settlers $20.00
24 x 24 Settlers $20.00

 

24 x 16 Dominion $20.00 (Streaks are slightly visible)
24 x 16 Dominion $20.00 (Streaks are slightly visible)

 

24 x 24 Star Settlers  $20.00 (No streaking)
24 x 24 Star Settlers $20.00 (No streaking)

 

36 x 36 Dungeon Floor with 1" grid $40.00 (virtually no streaking)
36 x 36 Dungeon Floor with 1" grid $40.00 (virtually no streaking)

 

36 x 36 Scroll  $40.00 (limited to no streaking)
36 x 36 Scroll $40.00 (limited to no streaking)

 

36 x 48 Lava $55 (Virtually no streaks)
36 x 48 Lava $55 (Virtually no streaks)

 

48 x 48 Snowscape $70.00 (visible dark streaks)
48 x 48 Snowscape $70.00 (visible dark streaks)

 

24 x 48 Bamboo  $40.00  (Virtually no streaks)
24 x 48 Bamboo $40.00 (Virtually no streaks)

 

36 x 36 Starfield Sector II $40.00 (Streaks)
36 x 36 Starfield Sector II $40.00 (Streaks)

 

 

36 x 72 Starfield Sector V $85 (Streaks and not very grippy)
36 x 72 Starfield Sector V $85 (Streaks and not very grippy)

 

48 x 48 Orange Nebula $70.00 (some streaks, not many)
48 x 48 Orange Nebula $70.00 (some streaks, not many)

 

36 x 48 Sand  $50 (obvious streaks)
36 x 48 Sand $50 (obvious streaks)

 

24 x 48 Sea $40.00 (minor streaks/no streaks)
24 x 48 Sea $40.00 (minor streaks/no streaks)

 

24 x 48 World Map $40.00 (no streaks)
24 x 48 World Map $40.00 (no streaks)

 

36 x 36 Green Nebula $50.00 (some streaks)
36 x 36 Green Nebula $50.00 (some streaks)

 

24 x 42 Seafarers $40.00 (no streaks)
24 x 42 Seafarers $40.00 (no streaks)

I also have some Plain Black mats in 3x4 ($50.00) and 4x4 ($70.00) sizes that have some streaks, and 4x4 versions of Sector III and Orange Nebula with light streaks for $70.00.

All of these prices includes shipping to be added on to your order in US. I may need to charge a little extra for shipping outside the US.

You are best served to buy these for their art - if you love the art, you will not be disappointed with the mat.

I am surprised at the positive response, and really pleased. I will be trying my best to get as many orders moving as possible in the next week.

Want to pay your shipping?  Change address?  Add on a mat?  Pick up your mats in Seattle? email: orders@gripmat.com

Want to send money? Paypal: store@bfrgames.com 

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games